A New York City-based psychiatrist who shared her violent fantasy of shooting white people in the head during an Ivy Leave lecture claims her shocking words were taken out of context.
Dr. Aruna Khilanani, a Manhattan-based psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, told the New York Times on Saturday that she only meant to use “provocation as a tool for real engagement” while saying she dreamed of executing white people.
“Too much of the discourse on race is a dry, bland regurgitation of new vocabulary words with no work in the unconscious,” Khilanani reportedly wrote in an email. “And, if you want to hit the unconscious, you will have to feel real negative feelings.”
Khilanani added that listeners and critics alike should not have taken her words literally — and could instead use them as a therapeutic tool.
“My speaking metaphorically about my own anger was a method for people to reflect on negative feelings,” Khilanani added. “To normalize negative feelings. Because